Issue 13. April 2017
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Experience the art of British Columbia, from the traditional works of the province’s First Peoples through to its contemporary masters, in one of Canada’s most treasured wilderness destinations.

Immerse yourself in 24 Emily Carr artworks always on display.

 Emily Carr, War Canoes, Alert Bay, 1912
Located in the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Gallery
Open Daily 10am - 5pm (Closed Tuesdays)

Thank You for a One-derful Gala, 
Raising Over $300,000 for Museum Programs

Message from the Director

We have finished one year of operations and it’s been quite a year!

To celebrate our first anniversary we held our One-derful Gala, which took place on March 11, 2017. More than 350 guests joined us at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler to listen to the exquisite voice of Mihoko Kinoshita, bid on fabulous Silent and Live Auction items and end the evening at our signature Scotch & Chocolate Bar!

We were very pleased to have the support of our sponsors for the gala:  Presented by – The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, Gold Sponsors – Axiom Builders and Polygon, Silver Sponsors – Genus Capital Management and Patkau Architects and Supporting Sponsor – Race & Company LLP.  In addition to these businesses we had the involvement of more than 95 organizations and individuals who donated auction items and products.  

We are very pleased to announce that, with the support of guests and sponsors, we had a net profit in excess of $300,000 that will go towards our exhibition and educational programs.
Continuing on our celebrations, we would like to announce that on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday April 23, we are hosting our First Year Anniversary Community Open House Weekend. The Presenting Sponsors are Pique Newsmagazine and Whistler Question. For both days, admission to the Museum will be free with Celebratory Remarks at 12 noon and birthday cakes provided by Nesters Market.
Reaching a one-year milestone, it gives opportunity to reflect on the year:
We hosted six special exhibitions:

  • Mexican Modernists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros and Tamayo
  • Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
  • From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru
  • Intersections: Contemporary Artist Films
  • Fred Herzog: Shadowlands (last day is May 22)
  • Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection (last day is May 22)
We launched our Education and Community Engagement Programs including:
  • Over 100 dynamic and dedicated Volunteers who give public, school and private docent tours
  • Engagement of students from the Lower Mainland to Mount Currie through our School Tour Program
  • In the Studio and Meet our Artists where artists in our Permanent Collection speak about their art practices
  • Special Panel Presenters who discuss art, collecting and our special exhibitions
  • Our Permanent Collection mobile app, which is a free download from Apple
  • Children and Family Friendly Programs including: Family Studio Sundays, Spring and Summer Art Camps and Kids Konnect Tours
  • Yoga at the Audain

We also had 55,000 visitors to the Museum, welcomed 2,500 Members to the Audain Art Museum Family, hosted conferences, tours, dinners and represented and sold the work of many BC artists in the Museum Shop.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Museum. You are important as we continue to find our “place” in the cultural milieu of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada and beyond. We hope that you will continue to take an interest, participate in our events and play an important role by spreading the word about us. Together, we can continue to make the Audain Art Museum a success and ensure that it is a relevant, exciting and dynamic place for everyone.

Warm Regards,
Suzanne E. Greening


Fred Herzog: Shadowlands

Current until May 22, 2017

The exhibition is comprised of 18 distinctive photographs that have never before been assembled. Shadowlands offers insight into another world documented by Herzog, one in which light and dark are incorporated to complement and narrate a unique moment in time. Dominated by the street scene thematic, insight is also given to the store-front and nighttime landscape as well as the self-portrait genres in order to reveal the complexity of composition Herzog often undertook and how shadow played such an important role in developing a comprehensive urban-social narrative.

Credit: Mexico City Shoe Shine (detail) 1963
Inkjet print, 50.8 x 73.7 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Equinox Gallery

Matisse Drawings

Current until May 22, 2017

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. This internationally travelling exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support was provided by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. The exhibition is presented at the Audain Art Museum through the generous support of Concord Pacific and Summit Lodge-Whistler.


Credit: Girl in an Interior (detail), 1941
Ink on paper, 15 3/4 x 20 ⅞ in.
© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Courtesy American Federation of Arts


Where Voyeurs and
Loiterers Feel At Home;  the
Photographs of Fred Herzog 

Thursday, April 6
Join Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art for the Vancouver Art Gallery, as he explores Fred Herzog’s photographs within the broader context of 20th century street photography.

Time: 6:30pm Reception  |  7pm Talk
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free for Members and with purchase of General Admission (at the door)

Fred Herzog, Self-Portrait (detail), 1959
Archival Pigment Print Courtesy of Equinox Gallery,
Vancouver © Fred Herzog, 2016
Kids Konnect Tours
Saturday, April 15
Our whimsical and enlightening docents will lead families on tours of the Permanent Collection or special exhibitions that have been designed and tailored to engage children.

Activities, games and movement bring the works of art to life, encouraging new ways of looking and thinking about the world around us.

Time: 12pm and 2pm 
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free for Museum Members and with general admission


Photo: Clara Billinger
Family Studio Sunday
Sunday, April 16
Draw Like Matisse: Many paintings, sculptures and installations begin with the simple act of drawing. Families will explore the simple, fluid and captivating work of Henri Matisse to create their own still life drawings that utilize line, shape, form and space.

Time: Drop-in from 1 – 4pm

Age: Kids and Family

Cost: Free for Museum Members and with
general admission
Yoga at the Audain
Wednesday, April 19
Nourish the soul with a yoga practice set amongst the inspiring artwork of the Audain Art Museum.

Instructor: Laura Davies
Time: 6 – 7:15pm
Age: All Ages
Cost: $15 + GST  (10% Member discount)

Photo: Leah Kathryn Photography
Figure Drawing Workshop
Thursday, April 27
Matisse Drawings: Participants will be introduced to basic drawing techniques, with a direct focus on making marks from observation. Workshops will begin with a tour of the exhibition, followed by supportive instruction and guided exercises that inspire experimentation.

Instructor: Lisa Geddes
Time: 6 – 8:30pm
Age: All Ages
Cost: $30 + GST (10% Member Discount)


Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017

A special thank you to our wonderful community for supporting us in our successful first year.
We invite you to join us for a celebratory weekend in recognition of our first birthday.

Daily Celebrations:
10am  5pm  Free Admission to Museum
12pm  Cake Cutting and Celebratory Remarks 
1 4pm  Family Studio Workshop
Hourly  Interactive Hot Spots in place of Tours

Presented by:

Supported by:

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Mailing address: PO Box 5, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, V0N 1B0
Location: 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, V0N 1B4
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